Sports

Thu
17
Jan

"O’Brien gets contract extension" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Van Vleck ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new high school, middle school and ag shop renovations, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 15. The board of trustees joined Superintendent John O'Brien as the first to dig in to the symbolic mound of dirt. School board members taking part with O’Brien (center) were, from left: Terry Evans, Bobbie Oncken, Kevin Ward, Terry Blackmon, Kurtis Brown and Donnie O’Connell.

   Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved Superintendent John O’Brien’s contract extension during their regular meeting Monday night. 
   O’Brien’s new contract officially starts in July.
   “I’m super excited that the board felt confident in me and what we’re doing at the district,” said VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien.
   “We’re breaking ground on three new campuses and that’s big deal. Not to mention renovations to several existing buildings. I am honored to be a part of the district’s growth and plans for the future.”
   Trustees also approved going forward with a “District of Innovation” plan and assigned a mix of 17 parents, educators, and staff to an organizing committee.
   “Almost every district in the state has signed up for and created their own plan,” said O’Brien.
   “The committee is in charge of drawing up the plan that provides for a comprehensive educational program for the district.”

Thu
17
Jan

"Library plans ‘Robotics Fair’" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
BCHS students watch a robot go through its paces.

   The Bay City Public Library is hosting a “Robotics Fair” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Bay City USEO Service Center. 
   The event will include presentations of this years’ FTC game, Rover Ruckus by local area teams. 
   Robotic teams on tap include Bay City High School Robotics, Palacios High School Robotics, Angleton Christian School’s “Revelation” team and Calico ISD’s team.
   Plans include a demonstration area and Rover Ruckus scrimmage field.
   Rover ruckus is geared toward ages 5 and up for participation activities.
   “But all ages can attend to learn more about robotics and see our demonstrations,” said Brittany Miller, BCPL aide and BCHS Robotics representative.
   “I decided to head up this event because after joining Robotics this year, I realized how much people didn’t know about it. I felt that, we as a team should reach out to the community to show them how much fun robotics is.

Thu
10
Jan

Polar Plunge

This trio braved the cold waters of Hilliard Pool last Saturday for the City of Bay City Parks & Recreation “Polar Plunge.” Their reactions testify to the bracing shock they and about a dozen others felt. The event was for a good cause, however, as entry fees went to the city’s Dreamscape Playground for All that will be built at Le Tulle Park.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
10
Jan

"BCHS swimmers at Tuloso-Midway" By Bob Button BCHS Head Swimming Coach

Photo courtesy Clare Button
Blackcat senior Hannah Sliva relay start.

   We traveled to Tuloso-Midway HS for the Coastal Bend Invitational.
   Diving was Friday morning and swimming preliminaries were that afternoon.  
   Swimming finals were Saturday.
   This was an important meet for our kids, as it pretty much mirrors the way our region meet will be run.
   Divers needed to perform an eleven-dive list and swimmers had to qualify for Saturday's finals.
   Our kids swam season-bests across the board, both individually and on relays.
   We travel to Rosenberg Tuesday for a tri-meet with Lamar & Terry.
   We travel to Manvel Friday (divers) and Saturday (swimmers) for the Alvin ISD Classic.

Thu
10
Jan

"City half-k raises Dreamscape money" From City Parks & Recreation

   Camo For A Cause! Help Bay City Parks and Recreation raise money for the Le Tulle Dreamscape – A Playground for All - Saturday, Jan. 26. 11:30 a.m. ish start.
   Walk, waddle, stagger or crawl down Avenue G starting at the 1905 MOPAC Train Depot to 5th Street and back to the depot in your best, craziest, most original camo gear (remember we are in public). 
   Start your Camo Day off with donuts and hot cocoa to charge you up to waddle down the avenue. 
   At the half way point – re-charge with mini pastries, sweet tea and water to make it back to the 1905 MOPAC Depot to have your picture taken at the finish line. 
   Waiting at the finish line will be more donuts, mini pastries, sweet tea, hot cocoa and water to revive yourself after the long Half K. 
   We will end the day with an “awards” ceremony where everyone that finishes will receive their Half K medal and more photo opportunities. 
Thu
03
Jan

Blackcats impress in Holiday Classic

Bay City High School Boys Basketball team won the Holiday Classic Tournament here last week. For complete details and photos of the Blackcats play, see Sports, Page 6.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
03
Jan

Blackcats in Holiday Classic action

Sentinel photo by Mike Reddell
Bay City’s junior forward Marcus Edwards (35) gets an easy layup against the Bulldogs.

Thu
27
Dec

Blackcats beat St. Thomas, prepare for Holiday Classic

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Blackcats are now 9-7 after beating St. Thomas Episcopal 77-69 here Friday night. Senior point guard TJ Roberson (1) brings the ball down court with two defenders in tow. The Blackcats will host the Bay City Holiday Classic Tournament Dec. 28-29. The Blackcats first game was slated to be Ganado at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.

Thu
27
Dec

BCHS Robotics teams are ranked 1&3 in area

BCISD photo
Members of the Bay City High School Robotics program prepare their robot for competition at a recent meet in Palacios.

   The Bay City High School Robotics Teams have competed well this first semester. 
   They have placed at two meets in Palacios this year, with two BCHS teams earning top rankings. The BCHS team “Avenge-a-cats” is currently ranked first in the area, while the BCHS team “Decepticats” is ranked third. 
   The Avenge-a-cats are undefeated at this point in the competition season. 
   BCHS Robotics Team Director Michael Ashleman said, “The credit goes to both teams as the Decepticats have contributed substantial support to the Avenge-a-cats, and there is an element of luck in the drawing of opponents and allies in the contests.  
   The Decepticat team has had some tough draws, but are still in third despite it being uphill all the way.  
   They have had the Avenge-a-cats’ back and provided much of the tech support that allowed them to win against the Decepticats.”

Thu
20
Dec

Van Vleck All District choices

   Van Vleck’s standout senior running back De’Mitri Monroe is an Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) 3A All-State First-Team running back.
   The APSE noted Monroe’s stellar statistics that include 1,854 yards rushing on 197 carries, with 27 touchdowns.
   The APSE honor is on top of Monroe’s selection as the 2018 Offensive Most Valuable Player (MVP) for District 12-3A-2 - one of seven Leopards on All-District first team offensive and defensive squads.
   First-team offense

  •     Daniel Bree, senior, unanimous selection as running back 
  •     Tristan Wells, senior, offensive line
  •     Dalton Ashcraft, senior, offensive line

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